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Year after year one of the best wine bargains from California is Marietta's non-vintage concoction, this year called Lot # 44. This is one of those... Read more
Made in the tradition of old-style field blends, Marietta's Old Vine Red is not issued with a vintage year, but rather a "Lot Number", each batch v... Read more
For some inexplicable reason, few California wineries turn out top quality value-priced wines. One exception is Marietta Cellars, which produces on... Read more
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Year after year one of the best wine bargains from California is Marietta's non-vintage concoction, this year called Lot # 44. This is one of those blends made from everything but the kitchen sink, including Carignan, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante, and numerous mixed black varietals. Satisfying as well as a fine value, Lot # 44 possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as a sweet nose of black fruits, underbrush, and pepper. This medium-bodied, soft effort is more superficial than usual, but will offer tasty drinking over the next year.
Made in the tradition of old-style field blends, Marietta's Old Vine Red is not issued with a vintage year, but rather a "Lot Number", each batch varying somewhat from its predecessors. The current Lot No. 31 consists of 60 percent Zinfandel 25 percent Carignane, 10 percent Petite Sirah and 5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from old-vine patches in several California regions. Very dark reddish-purple in color, it shows perfumed "dusty" aromas with plummy fruit and grace notes of pepper and spice. Warm and mouth-filling flavors focus on black plums and a hint of sweet brown sugar from the oak, with a tart edge of acidity gaining presence in the finish. I find the Zinfandel character muted, but the wine is full and textured, a "Mediterranean-style" red from the New World.
For some inexplicable reason, few California wineries turn out top quality value-priced wines. One exception is Marietta Cellars, which produces one of my favorite best buys from their blend of grapes (including Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, and Gamay) grown in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino. The non-vintage Old Vine Red Lot 37 exhibits a deep ruby color as well as a fragrant perfume of sweet berry fruit and loamy soil. While not complex, it offers a savory, nicely-textured mouthfeel, impressive purity, and a heady finish. Enjoy it over the next 1-3 years.
One of the finest values in the wine world is Marietta Old Vine Red, the most recent rendition being Lot 19. This wine, usually a blend of Petit Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Carignane, and who knows what else, is always a deep ruby/purple-colored wine with copious quantities of peppery black fruits intertwined with scents of earth. A chewy, fleshy, full-bodied, mouthfilling wine, this juicy, burly effort disappears as quickly as Marietta releases the 10,000+ cases that are produced. While most of the Old Vine Red is consumed within the first 1-2 months of purchase, it gives every indication of lasting for 5 or more years.
This wine has become a darling to intelligent wine consumer, as evidenced by the fact that the entire production is allocated. The Lot 22 offering, primarily from the 1996 and 1997 vintages, is a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Gamay and Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyard sources in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino. It is a weighty, seriously-endowed wine with a dark purple color, as well as a super nose of cherries, black currants, pepper, spice, and loamy soil notes. Full-bodied and richly-extracted, with copious quantities of berry fruit, excellent purity, and an expansive, silky-textured finish, this wine can be drunk now as well as cellared for 2-3 years.
You need not pay attention to the lot number. I have tasted every one since the early teens, and the wine's uniformity is always something to behold. This offering has plenty of pepper, earth, and spice. Enjoy it with barbecue foods and pizza. It is puzzling why few California wineries try to emulate this great success story.
As for the newest release, the Lot #46 Old Vine Red (a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah) comes across like a California Cotes du Rhone. It reveals leathery, peppery, slightly herbal, black cherry and currant fruit along with an excellent texture, forceful but well-balanced flavors, and lovely ripeness. Enjoy it over the next several years.
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